Special Issue "Catalytic Conversion of Municipal Solid Wastes(MSW) for the Efficient and Clean Utilization of All Components"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomass Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1249

Special Issue Editors

Tianjin Recyclable Resources Institute, All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives, Tianjin, China
Interests: comprehensive utilization of multiple solid wastes; simultaneous removal of pollutants; clean metallurgy technology; environmental catalysis; catalytic pyrolysis
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School of Materials Science & Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
Interests: utilization of solid wastes; disposal of hazardous wastes; detoxification of heavy metals

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Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your interest in publishing papers in Catalysts. We invite you to contribute original and high-quality interdisciplinary research papers devoted to currently important topics in catalysis and related subjects to be published in this Special Issue. Studies significantly advancing our fundamental understanding of and that focus on the catalytic conversion of municipal solid wastes (MSW) for the efficient and clean utilization of all components will be given primary consideration. Field studies are preferred, while papers describing laboratory experiments must demonstrate significant advances in the methodology or mechanistic understanding and have a clear connection to the catalytic pathway and catalysis chemistry. Descriptive, repetitive, incremental or regional-scale studies with limited novelty will not be considered.

Dr. Peng Yuan
Prof. Dr. Baoping Xin
Guest Editors

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  • catalytic conversion of typical MSW (sludge, e-wastes, spent new energy materials, waste plastics/textiles, etc.)
  • catalytic removal of pollutants (dioxin/-like, HOPs, POPs, etc.) from the conversion of MSW
  • catalytic pyrolysis of non-metals in MSW (factors, kinetics, simulations, mechanism, etc.)
  • catalytic upgrading of syngas, oil and residues generated during the pyrolysis of MSW
  • efficient or selective recycling and separation of valuable metals from MSW
  • functional materials (catalyst, adsorbent, absorbent, etc.) derived from MSW
  • novel and commercially applicable catalytic conversion strategies and catalysts
  • critical reviews on current or emerging topics in a related area

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Activation of Peroxymonosulfate Using Spent Li-Ion Batteries for the Efficient Degradation of Chloroquine Phosphate
Catalysts 2023, 13(4), 661; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal13040661 - 28 Mar 2023
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Recycling and reusing spent lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have gained a lot of attention in recent years, both ecologically and commercially. The carbon nanotube-loaded CoFe2O4 (CoFe2O4@CNTs) composite was made using a solvothermal technique utilizing wasted LIBs as [...] Read more.
Recycling and reusing spent lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have gained a lot of attention in recent years, both ecologically and commercially. The carbon nanotube-loaded CoFe2O4 (CoFe2O4@CNTs) composite was made using a solvothermal technique utilizing wasted LIBs as the starting material and carbon nanotubes as support, and it was used as an efficient peroxymonosulfate (PMS, HSO5) activator to degrade chloroquine phosphate (CQP). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were utilized to characterize the physical and chemical properties of the catalyst generated. The impacts of CoFe2O4@CNTs dosage, PMS concentration, reaction temperature, initial pH value, starting CQP concentration, and co-existing ions have undergone extensive experimental testing. In comparison to bare CoFe2O4, the CoFe2O4@CNTs demonstrated increased catalytic activity, which might be attributed to their super electron transport capacity and large surface area. In ideal conditions, the mineralization efficiency and removal efficiency of 10 mg/L CQP approached 33 and 98.7%, respectively. By employing external magnets, the CoFe2O4@CNTs catalyst may be simply recycled and reused several times. The potential reaction mechanism in the CoFe2O4@CNTs/PMS system was also investigated. In summary, this study indicates that CoFe2O4@CNTs generated from spent lithium-ion batteries have a high potential in PMS activation for CQP and other pollutant degradation. Full article
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